Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has preemptively accused Republicans of stealing the 2024 presidential election. By once again sowing doubt about the legitimacy of American democracy, Clinton hopes to raise money and help Democrats take over strategic state legislatures.
Preemptive election denial
For years, Democrats have expressed concerns about how "planting seeds of doubt" undermines democracy. In fact, Democrats continue to denounce some Republicans as "election deniers" for questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election, which Clinton had told then-candidate Joe Biden not to concede "under any circumstances."
Notwithstanding the left's apparent sensitivity to so-called election denial, Clinton — who has repeatedly suggested the 2016 election was "stolen" from her despite having lost to former President Donald Trump by 77 electoral votes (304-227) — alleged last week that a "coup" was imminent.
In a video posted to Twitter on Oct. 21 by the radical leftist organization Indivisible, Clinton claimed that "right-wing extremists already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election. And they're not making a secret of it."
In her fundraising video for Indivisible, an activist group started by former Democrat staffers, Clinton said the "steal" would be achieved by Republican-led state legislatures.
Clinton explained how the alleged steal would be achieved: "The right-wing-controlled Supreme Court may be poised to rule on giving state legislatures, yes, you heard me that correctly, state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections,"
"Just think: If that happens, the 2024 presidential election could be decided, not by the popular vote or even by the anachronistic Electoral College, but by state legislatures, many of them Republican-controlled," she added.
After calling into question the legitimacy of American elections, Clinton revealed the true purpose of her wild claims: "Indivisible has launched Crush the Coup to make sure we're ready to defend democracy in 2024. They have put together a list of critical races in six key states and how you can get involved." Clinton then suggested viewers donate.
Moore v. Harper
Indivisible's Crush the Coup identified "the 29 most critical races in 6 states that we need to win to defeat the MAGA coup." The six battleground states are allegedly Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
CTC named a number of Democrats the group wants bankrolled and elected to power this November. Extra to providing the Democrats with leverage over strategic legislatures, CTC intends for these candidates to mitigate what it perceives would be the fallout of Moore v. Harper, an election redistricting case that will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court.
The case concerns whether "a State's judicial branch may nullify the regulations governing the 'Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives ... prescribed ... by the Legislature thereof,' ... and replace them with regulations of the state courts' own devising."
CTC has restated the claim made by others on the left that by adopting "an extremist and fringe legal doctrine," the court will give states the power to overturn elections.
"The nightmare scenario," according to CTC, "is that a legislature, displeased with how an election official on the ground has interpreted her state's election laws, would invoke the [independent state legislature doctrine] as a pretext to refuse to certify the results of a presidential election and instead select its own slate of electors."
Carrie Campbell Severino, head of the Judicial Crisis Network, recently indicated in National Review that the "alarmism around Moore v. Harper comes from liberals who cherry-pick their grievances in states whose constituents favor Republicans and selectively use liberal activist state courts to give Democrats advantages they cannot democratically."
Whereas Clinton and CTC allege they are fighting to protect democracy, they are, according to Severino, hoping to help Democrats keep undermining it.
"Their rhetoric about democracy is part of a con job, and the Left's disinformation campaign serves as a subterfuge to distract from the reality that their true grievance is not on behalf of the people," wrote Severino. "It is that their strategy of jerry-rigging otherwise lost elections through renegade courts might soon come to an end."
Clinton v. the democratic will of the people
Like Georgia's gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D), Clinton routinely warns of threats to democracy.
In June, Clinton said that "Donald Trump, his allies, and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy." She also tweeted, "The people involved in the criminal conspiracy to overturn the will of America's voters ... must be held accountable."
Despite speaking highly of democracy and the need to defend it, Clinton has repeatedly rejected the results of democratically decided elections.
In 2019, Clinton called Trump an "illegitimate president" and suggested "he knows" he stole the 2016 election.
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In 2020, Clinton said on the Atlantic's "The Ticket" podcast that "There was a widespread understanding that this election [in 2016] was not on the level. ... We still don't know what really happened."
Clinton has not only contested the results of the 2016 election. She claimed that Stacey Abrams would have beaten Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018 "if she'd had a fair election."
In 2002, Clinton publicly claimed former President George W. Bush had been "selected" president, not elected.